SkyBlue -- The Ways of Imagination and the Quest for Creativity
We are living and witnessing very strange and uncertain times.
Social chaos, upheaval, mayhem and a global pandemic, fires and other natural disasters... Gaia speaking out and answering back to us.
Why even bother to write, imagine, engage with stories (let alone with fairy tales and wonder stories)?
The reason why is that in the breaking down of the world and of life as we know them, our souls and communities need to envision new possibilities and new ways to live, not just survive and makeshift in a post-apocalyptic world.
Our souls crave for stories. Our cultures need them badly.
Not only that.
We need to revitalise our cultures by making ancient and ever new stories come alive in our psyche, both as individuals and on a collective level.
Thus, the world right now feels like a strange, surreal place. We no longer feel at home, and can no longer take it for granted.
Yet in the death thralls of an old system, the uncertain dawn is breaking out, announcing a new, strange, all to reinvent day.
We need stories in order to survive, process trauma, learn, carry on and thrive.
We need stories to create new social, cultural, economic, and spiritual structures.
We need stories to bestow the gift of life and regeneration to body, mind and soul.
That is why, at this crazy time, I am offering a course in fairytale work and setting up the Cosmic Bard Vlog.
I encourage you to write to me through the contact form and share your views.
And if you feel the urgency of the call, join me for The Circle of the Elements.
You can read more about this offering here.
I came across a wonderful quotation from Goerge Bernard Shaw's "Epistle Dedicatory," Man and Superman:
"This is the true joy in life:
being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one;
being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.
I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."
I could not agree more. The purposes of life are often very different from what we conceived of as children or teenagers, or even from the prescriptions we bought into and accepted from various authorities at various stages of our lives.
"Community" I intend as different from rigid social structures, much in line with anthropologist Victor Turner's concept of communitas: a place where individuals can thrive both personally and together with others.
The benefits of growing up and older are the possibility to wisen up, to get rid of all the useless debris we used to carry around without even realizing it.
To stop saying "me" or "they" all the time, and start saying "You and I."
Beyond easy polarizations, we can start building communities that reflect the new urgent shift in consciousness and practice we are called to in all endeavours and fields of action.
Thus, yes, I too carry the "splendid torch" of life for a moment and want to be totally used up by love, passion and belief in something great that encompasses me and the communities I belong to. To restore balance, respect and honour among people and between nature and humankind.
I am convinced the integration of expressive arts, digital and civic competences and creative thinking can equip people throughout their lifespan to live a better, more empowered and empathetic life, a more self-actualized life.
In my work both with teens and adults, I pour my passion for the (im)possible... to envision new solutions and processes to recreate the way I live and to show that we have choice and agency, we can live and perceive our lives in new ways, that we can and should be creative with designing and responding to our lives. Life does not happen to us... we happen to life!
Have a look at The Cosmic Bard Project, where I tell tales and speak poems...
Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel here to keep up with all the good stuff which is coming next!
This project has been on my mind for a good while, and now it is coming out into the world.
Every week I am going to post on Blue Planet Vision YouTube Channel a new video tale or poem... stay tuned!
Picture by Cederic Vanderberghe on Unsplash
I came across Excerpts from Will There Be Singing by Juliana Spahr, a long poem which in itself is a reflection on the art of poetry and its role in the world.
Especially the following lines stayed with me:
I would wake up and my head would hurt
and then I would realize that in my dream
I had said to myself that I should write some poetry.
But my dreams never explained to me why.
How to sing in these dark times?
It is true that I have been with poetry for a long time.
Since I was a teenager.
Those loves of many years and our bodies changing together.
And yet also the deepening of this love. Despite.
That day with the breeze in the bar
And we said together, there needs to be some pleasure in the world.
And next, poetry is the what is left of life.
And we pledged, more singing.
And we referenced by saying,
In the dark times. Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times."
I dream of diffuse creativity transforming the world.
Individuals and diffuse centres of creativity around the globe practising poetry, singing and creativity as an everyday act of resilience, self-care and community building.
What we have been living through in 2020 ushers in a time of urgency for rethinking ways of building self and community, in the attempt of "deschooling society."
Being a teacher, as well as a creative coach/facilitator, I am not against education, but I feel how urgent it is to reenvision education from the inside out, going in the direction of liberation and the promotion of thriving, beyond the various schooling systems from the world over that still taste of authoritarianism.
Thus, poetry and singing. And arts and music.
To make creativity the province of self-actualized, fulfilled individuals and communities everywhere.
Creativity reconceived in this way is a liberating, revolutionary practice.
We do no longer buy into the myth of the isolated artist.
We are not looking for impossible perfection or rarity, whose ideal goes on feeding the art market high financial stakes for the enclosure of the privileged.
What we need at this time is diffuse creativity, thriving and throbbing hubs of creative practice, online and offline. Everywhere.
Thus, poetry and singing. And the revival of the communal, bardic art of storytelling, and reciting or reading poetry out loud with music, and embodiment through gesture, voice, movement.
It is for creative practitioners everywhere to become aware of the scorching hunger for creativity and liberation in our times and to become spokespeople and leaders of a new, generative, more democratic trend in creative practice.
Let's be brave.
Autumn is already here; the Ninefold Festival has come and gone in a blink... but its memories stay with me, particularly the kind hospitality of the Sisters of Avalon and the graciousness and warmth of my audience.
I sent out my bibliography to the Sisterhood to pass on.
I hope you received it. If not, please get in touch with me through the contact form, and I will send it to you by email.
I also slashed my coaching rates by half and all my courses are discounted too, to offer more support at this time of global upheaval.
It has been an intense time for us all.
Professionally, apart from teaching and working as a digital facilitator in my school, I have also been involved in a lot of planning and projects about online training and expressive arts therapy.
I still have another project in my heart, concerning tales... stay tuned!